Tina Schneider, who works in Park and Planning’s Environmental Division, was talking with Planning Director Rollin Stanley about ways to “green” our site. They came up with a number of ideas, which will become our sustainable landscape plan, that include a few bee hives on the roof (starting in mid-May) and turning our flower beds into a vegetable garden rather than planting and replanting them with annuals through the season. About a dozen employees (from neophytes to experts) have volunteered to help design, plant, maintain, and harvest the garden.
Today, Mohammed Turay’s crew of the Parks Department generously got us started by removing the mulch, tilling the soil, and adding some amendments. We’ll have the soil tested this week and the group will work on its design. We want to be ready to plant by mid-May and are considering herbs, eggplants, dwarf tomatoes, and maybe even some okra.
We’re also trying to do this as inexpensively and ecologically as possible by using what we have and picking up donations where we can. Check in through the spring and summer to see our progress.